In between ski trips, scuba diving, and tattoo collecting, musician-turned-graphic designer Cameron Shepherd decided to add another hobby to his list: interior design.
When he found a ski condo in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., it was a complete time capsule. He immediately knew that he wanted the 1960s condo to go under a total renovation. As a graphic designer, Cameron was constantly mocking up spaces using Photoshop and Illustrator. "I made mood boards for the renovation and maintained the budget through a meticulous Google Doc spreadsheet," he says.
All of that preparation and a lot of hard work transformed the home from dark and outdated to warm and inviting. As for the style Cameron was aiming for, he says: "I love all things Mid Century, but I don't want my house to look like a showroom. I want it to feel lived in and approachable."
For flooring, low maintenance was the name of the game. The flooring needed to look beautiful, go down easily and work throughout the entirety of the home due to its layout. That's why ADURA®Max vinyl plank in Aspen Lodge was the right choice. "We wanted something that would feel good underfoot but would also work with area rugs. Plus, it had to be durable enough to stand up to ski boots and our two dogs and impervious to melting snow and general messes," says Cameron.
Cameron mixed new and vintage pieces, furnishing the place from scratch. A lot of matte black metal was used to give the space a modern feel, and leather, wood, and other natural textiles to soften the space.
To warm up the neutral walls in the common spaces, plush area rugs, fur throws and large, eclectic wall art were used. Cameron also made a custom coffee table out of a slice of Jeffrey Pine from a local lumber yard.
With all the heavy foot traffic, Cameron says his Mannington floors are holding up beautifully. "We're happy with our choice. Ease of installation, durability, general look, and feel - these floors are fabulous, and we get compliments on them regularly.”
For others considering a home renovation, Cameron advises just to do it. "Nothing beats experience. That being said, know your limits and when to call in the professionals. Plumbers and electricians are your friends, not foes. Also, get to know local permitting laws before you tear into walls or plan any changes beyond the cosmetic. And when it comes to flooring, aesthetic, function, and installation are key.”
Want to connect with Cameron? Follow him on Instagram, @cmshepherd, or visit his website, cameronmshepherd.com.
Looking to incorporate ADURA®Max into your home design? Find Mannington flooring at a store near you.